1966 Maserati Mistral Coupé 4LSOLD
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Maserati Mistral Coupé 4L NO RESERVE

Reference Number 127379

as of 5/23/2011

Overview
Car 1966 Maserati Mistral Coupé 4L
VIN AM 109 554 
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Known History

Maserati was primarily a racing car constructor until the second half of the 1950s, producing single-seaters, sports-racers and some Gran Turismo berlinettas. This focus on competition cars rather than road cars meant that the sporting heritage and equipment of the latter was somewhat limited. This policy changed towards the end of the 1950s as Italy entered an unprecedented period of economic growth sparking off strong demand for performance cars. At the same time, demand from outside Italy also grew. The technical director at Maserati, engineer Alfieri, who was a brilliant engine-builder, studied the market and the competition before designing an authentic GT that offered both comfort and performance. The 3500GT appeared in 1957 fitted with a magnificent double overhead cam engine, strongly inspired by its competition car predecessors. The tubular chassis was very strong in the tradition of a race car. The 3500GT settled the finances at Maserati and Alfieri produced two models to perpetuate its success: the Sebring 2 2 and the Mistral, the latter a more sporty two-seater coupé built by Vignale with stunning bodywork by Pietro Frua. The Mistral, equipped with Lucas indirect fuel-injection, was offered both as a coupé with a 3.5-litre engine, (subsequently 3.7 and 4-litre engines became available), and a convertible Spyder with the same engine sizes.

 

The car offered here comes from Florida and was partially restored in the US before being bought at auction by M. Serre in 1989. This Mistral, chassis number 554, is listed as the first car off the production line in 1966, in the publication Maserati by Maurizio Tabucchi (ETAI, Paris). Its original Lucas fuel-injection system, unreliable and difficult to maintain, has been replaced by triple side-draft Weber carburettors type 42 DCOE. Finished in midnight blue with marine blue interior and blue carpets, and coming with wire wheels, this Mistral is in generally good condition, and has seen little use while in the Serre Collection. In 1990 the windscreen was replaced along with the surrounds for both the windscreen and rear window, the gear box was overhauled, four new tyres were fitted and a full dossier with the car details all work undertaken. It comes with the 1989 customs clearance certificate.